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The UN's sustainable development goals were designed to engage the private sector in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. Four years into the timeline, the question is whether companies are advancing serious solutions or are simply embarking on a massive public relations charade. Recently, IPIECA, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Finance Corporation held a webinar to present their shared understanding of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals for the oil and gas industry.
The response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was affected by heat. This paper evaluates the association between environmental heat exposure and self-reported heat-related symptoms in US Coast Guard Deepwater Horizon disaster responders. The Sea Grant oil spill outreach team has produced two new publications explaining what scientists know about what happens to oil in a marine environment after an accidental spill.
Management of produced water is driving subtle yet potentially consequential changes in certain regions. By assessing these common elements, partial risk profiles for both conditions can be assessed. Stanford researchers have mapped local susceptibility to man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas. The new model incorporates physical properties of the Earth’s subsurface and forecasts a decline in potentially damaging shaking through 2020. Stanford geoscientists have found a way to detect thousands of tiny tremors around hydraulic fracturing operations that could serve as predictors of eventual larger earthquakes.
The Trump administration is set to reduce the number of federally regulated waterways protected under the US Clean Water Act in a bid to help the energy and agriculture industries, according to a media report. The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University.
Hess has earned a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America for the ninth consecutive year. The index recognizes public companies for outstanding performance across economic, environmental, and social factors. Hess has earned a place as the No. 1 oil and gas company on Corporate Responsibility magazine’s list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2018.
A year and a half after President Donald Trump reversed an Obama administration decision to block TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, a federal district judge in Montana has halted the project again, citing an insufficient review of the project's environmental impact. TransCanada’s $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline may face another 8 months of delay after a court ruling raised issues with a 4-year-old environmental review. Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline vowed on 10 August to block construction of the controversial project if Nebraska regulators approve the proposed route later this year.
Taranaki farmers say they will be collateral damage if a recommendation that safety exclusion zones be enforced around oil and gas installations is taken up. New Zealand will not grant any new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration, Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern said, taking the industry by surprise with a decision that it says will push investment overseas.
The program includes water-filtration systems and water health and hygiene education in 10 Indonesian villages. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently requested public comments on whether pollutant discharges that reach "waters of the United States" are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act and require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. In many cases, more-effective water management will only be possible with water infrastructure.
The oil and gas major has set aside $100 million to fund projects that will deliver new greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. The emissions intensity of upstream Canadian oil sands production will continue to decline in coming years, falling to 30% below 2009 levels by 2030, a new report by business information provider IHS Markit says. On 26 April 2018, Canada's minister of environment and climate change announced new regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by almost half.